LAWRENCE, KS - OCTOBER 15: Head coach Bob Stoops of the Oklahoma Sooners watches from the sidelines during the game against the Kansas Jayhawks on October 15, 2011 at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Texas football recruiting is rolling, but could the Horns' lack of room and conservative approach benefit the Sooners?
Texas football recruiting has been on fire of late, with three Sunday commitments and the Monday decision of Kent Perkins. The biggest worry for Texas fans on the recruiting trail? Deciphering which prospects really hold an offer from the 'Horns. Another issue -- for Texas recruiting writers -- is figuring out where certain prospects will play. Texas has several kids who could end end up at defensive back or receiver or on the defensive or offensive line. All blue-chippers, of course.
Tough life, Texas.
Oklahoma, on the other hand, would just like any commitment. Just one. They don't even care to know what position he'll play at the next level.
This is tongue-in-cheek, of course, as it is way too early to panic if you're a fan of a team with no commitments for a signing day that is still 330 days away. Oklahoma fans know they have a good coaching staff that will get after it on the recruiting trail.
And one way OU's coaches might get after it is to take advantage of Texas' relatively small class space and new conservative approach (the Longhorns are giving out fewer offers than in previous years, as they are focused on continuing to evaluate prospects throughout the summer camp circuit and during their senior years).
Jordan Esco of Crimson and Cream Machine, the excellent SB Nation Oklahoma site, has an article on just that subject. Because Texas will probably only take 20 or so recruits, some kids that believed they would get a Texas offer are not going to be able to play in Austin. And that means Texas will be passing on some seriously talented kids.
There with open arms to welcome those kids -- and invite them to junior day, will be the Sooners. Here's an example:
WR Eldridge Massington (VIDEO) - Massington is one of the kids we were talking about who was just at Texas' second Junior Day and came away without an offer. Instead, Texas took a different OU target, WR Jacorey Warrick, and as such there is some talk that the Horns may not offer another wide receiver in this class. Perfect example of what we were talking about and the Sooners scooping up a very talented wide out. Massington is a big (6'3") lanky receiver who has better speed than some may give him credit for. He excels at attacking the ball at its highest point and would be a perfect fit for what OU does with their outside wide receivers. He does not currently hold an offer from OU, but that could quickly change given that Texas seems to have passed at least for now.
Also, with Texas trying to wait on more prospects, Oklahoma, by virtue of needing a bigger class and not wanting to wait, could jump on some of these kids early. That move could help the Sooners keep a kid even if Texas offers at a later date.
It's always tough battling an in-state school, but both Oklahoma and Texas should once again end up with top recruiting classes.
For more on OU football, visit Oklahoma blog Crimson And Cream Machine.